Usher Hopes Dismissal of Herpes Lawsuit Brings 'End to Opportunistic Litigation,' Says His Lawyer
“It’s our sincere hope that this dismissal will bring an end to the opportunistic litigation against Usher in Georgia,” Usher's lawyer tells PEOPLE
A lawsuit filed against Usher, in which the singer was accused of failing to warn the plaintiff of his reported herpes, has been dismissed.
In July, Laura Helm filed a lawsuit against the singer originally under the name Jane Doe, alleging he had unprotected sex with her and transmitted the disease. However, during a recorded phone call two days before the lawsuit was filed, she reportedly told someone she only had protected sex with Usher, according to TMZ.
Helm’s lawyer, Lisa West, stepped down from representing her and Helm hired a new attorney.
On Friday, the new lawyer filed court documents to dismiss the case, and it has since been dismissed without prejudice “with intent to refile” as reported by TMZ.
“It’s our sincere hope that this dismissal will bring an end to the opportunistic litigation against Usher in Georgia,” Usher’s lawyer, Steve Sadow, tells PEOPLE in a statement about the case being dismissed.
In 2012, Usher also reportedly paid a woman $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit after she claimed to have contracted herpes from him.
According to court documents filed by the celebrity stylist whom Usher, 38, settled the suit with in 2012, the star was allegedly diagnosed with herpes around 2009 or 2010.
California law states that it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit an STD, and court papers showed the singer paid $2,754.40 of the victim’s medical bills in 2012.